How Many Traditional Wedding Dances Are There? (Plus, What Guests Should Do in the Meantime)

Bride and Groom's First Dance

Photo: Guy Calaf for Christian Oth Studio

Everyone knows about the first dance, the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance — but what about all of the other traditional pairings? Better yet, while these close family members are sharing a moment, what are the guests supposed to do? (Aside from admiring the cuteness, of course). Our etiquette experts outline everything you need to know about traditional dances, and how guests can entertain themselves in the meantime.

Everyone knows about the bride and groom's first dance. Often, following that special moment, the bride's father cuts in and steals his little girl away for a dance of their own. At that moment the groom should go find his mom and dance with her too. What a lot of people don't realize, though, is that the newlyweds should have a turn with their brand-new father-in-law and mother-in-law. It'd be extra cute if both members of this duo choose to dance with grandma and grandpa too. After all, it'd make their year.

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Of course, that's a lot of dancing that needs to go down, and we're pretty positive guests don't want to stand on the sidelines and smile for that many turns. Which is why about halfway through the father-daughter and mother/son dance the bridal party should enter the dance floor and start making moves of their own. At the same time, they should encourage the guests to join the wedding party on the dance floor. That way, no one is left out or bored, and the bride and groom don't feel awkward from too many minutes of guests gawking at them.

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